Lack of funding threatens water conservation

Mike Linn New incentives for farmers to conserve water in the area lack the compensation funds and may have come too late to save considerable amounts of water in area wells, local conservation specialists said. Financial incentives to save water will never outweigh the income irrigation provides through the harvesting of water-thirsty crops, the specialists [...]

Obits 6/27

Pius Gibson Pius Olney Gibson III, 45, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Dolores and Pius Olney Gibson Jr. He grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was a 1975 graduate of Forrest Hill High School in Jackson. He served in [...]

Area dairy owners may lose cattle herd

Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from a [...]

Cooper loves to travel, watch basketball

This is the final in a series of profiles on Roosevelt County’s 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. Born on the fourth of July in 1915, Lucille Martin Cooper initially called home Celina, Texas. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents, Amye and Sam Martin, and two brothers to Clayton, N.M. She [...]

Pioneer Profiles

Maurine Ferris Kennedy When 93-year-old Maureen Ferris Kennedy and her first husband, Fred Ferris, moved to Roosevelt County in 1936, she was very much against the move. “I didn’t want to come at all,” she said. But her mind quickly changed when they attended church. “My husband and I sang at the church and they [...]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker [...]

Back to the Land of Enchantment

Helena Rodriguez It’s great being back in the Land of Enchantment. Mi tierra encantada. Mi linda Nuevo Mejico. While some people may refer to our fair state as the Land of Entrapment, it’s been home to me most of my life. And after 2 1/2 years in the Lone Star State, it’s nice to be [...]

Roybal out as Fort Sumner coach

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the [...]

Former queen has spent half a century grooming others

By Janet Bresenham Faith, family and a passion for what she loves to do have been the driving forces in Wilma Fulgham’s life. For more than five decades now, Fulgham has continued to invest her time and boundless energy into helping young women and girls participate in competitions and pageants related to horsemanship and rodeo, [...]

June is month of weddings, whimsies

By Bob Huber June always reminds me of Stephen Duck, the favorite poet of Queen Charlotte the Illustrious, wife of King George II of England, circa l683-1760. I don’t know why Duck sticks in my mind. I suppose it’s his name. Duck was a self-made bard who wrote “The Thresher’s Labour,” which caught the eye [...]